The Palmer United Party’s plan to split Queensland by creating a new State of North Queensland (Palmer MP calls for State split) is worthy of further discussion, particularly if consideration is given to a potentially wider, more valuable reform: the abolition of local governments. There is widespread recognition in the Australian community that, with three levels of Government, we are over-governed. We could reduce costs and duplication and improve service delivery if we created regional governments which would perform current State and local government functions, but over larger areas than current local governments. For example, a regional government looking after South-East Queensland may make sense as SEQ is effectively becoming a 200km City (see Tradies know what it means to live in the 200km City). Of course, any such proposal would require detailed analysis to ensure the proposed entities are economically viable.
Earlier relevant posts of mine include: